Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

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Officials say the child was otherwise healthy, with no underlying conditions.

About 80,000 Americans, including 180 children, died last year in the deadliest flu season in more than 40 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You can prevent spreading the flu by getting a flu shot, washing your hands and coughing and sneezing into your elbow - not your hands. Around 80% of the children who died had not received the vaccine.

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says two people have died of the flu so far this season.

A national survey of 700 parents by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital showed that more than half of the respondents believed that the flu shot can cause the flu.

Neither outbreak caused the reported death, Hillsborough County Office of Public Health Preparedness spokesman Kevin Watler confirmed.

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30 percent of parents feel flu vaccines are a conspiracy. "Doctors recommend it because we know - based on science, research and facts - that it is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu". Parents can opt for the nasal mist this year, and even if the flu vaccine is not a ideal match for the strain, health officials say it decreases symptoms and severity.

Here's a bit of good news from the survey: about 70 percent of the parents said that the flu vaccine is the best way to protect their child from the flu.

With that goal in mind, a total of 6 million flu vaccines will be made available in the first phase for people aged 50 and over, pregnant women, mothers with babies younger than six months, children between the ages of six months and preschool years, nursing home residents, patients with rare or acute diseases, health care workers, and people with high-risk chronic illnesses, the CDC said.

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Flu activity remains low across the state, according to the health department, but it's expected to pick up in the coming weeks.

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